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AM Alert: Capitol Alert’s top 15 stories of 2015

Attorney General Kamala Harris successfully asked the courts to relieve her of her official duty to prepare a title and summary for the proposed ballot measure legalizing murder of gay and lesbians.
Attorney General Kamala Harris successfully asked the courts to relieve her of her official duty to prepare a title and summary for the proposed ballot measure legalizing murder of gay and lesbians. The Sacramento Bee

Happy holidays! With Christmas just around the corner, business at the Capitol has slowed to a crawl, so the AM Alert will be taking a hiatus until the new year.

But before we allow ourselves to fall into a popcorn-induced coma (thanks, Dan Walters!), here’s a quick look back at the political stories that captured readers’ attention in 2015.

It’s no surprise that the enormously controversial law mandating vaccines for schoolchildren dominates the list, but Capitol Alert’s most-read article of the year was actually...

California proposal to legalize killing gays hard to stop (March 19)

In late February, Huntington Beach attorney Matt McLaughlin spent $200 to propose a ballot measure that would authorize killing gays and lesbians by “bullets to the head,” or “any other convenient method.” The so-called Sodomite Suppression Act prompted a statewide outcry, with lawmakers requesting that the State Bar investigate McLaughlin’s fitness to practice law and Attorney General Kamala Harris asking to be relieved of her official duty to write a title and summary. The initiative was ultimately squashed in court before McLaughlin could begin collecting signatures, but its impact will live on. In an effort to discourage far-fetched proposals and cover more of the state’s cost of preparing them for signature-gathering, the Legislature passed a bill this session that will raise the filing fee tenfold, the first increase since 1943. Gov. Jerry Brown signed it into law in September, over objections that it would further disenfranchise ordinary citizens in the political process.

The rest of the top 15 were:

2. Jerry Brown’s climate warning: ‘We are talking about extinction’ (July 21)

3. Robert Kennedy Jr. warns of vaccine-linked ‘holocaust’ (April 7)

4. Drug companies donated millions to California lawmakers before vaccine debate (June 18)

5. The state of California is hiring, and it may want people like you (July 26)

6. California community colleges board approves 15 pilot bachelor’s degrees (January 20)

7. Jerry Brown signs California vaccine bill (June 30)

8. State of Jefferson brings three more California counties on board (January 15)

9. Kamala Harris to review group behind Planned Parenthood abortion videos (July 24)

10. Bernie Sanders gaining on Hillary Clinton in California (October 6)

11. California senator says ‘welfare queen’ law must go (February 22)

12. Kamala Harris seeks to block ‘kill the gays’ ballot measure (March 15)

13. Could Fort Bragg be compelled to change name? (July 7)

14. California vaccine bill approved by committee on second try (April 22)

15. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez appears to disparage American Indians (May 16)

Alexei Koseff: 916-321-5236, @akoseff

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